Monday :: Sep 19, 2011

What is the Scientific Consensus on Global Warming and Why is it Important?

by Mary

Although papers like the NYTimes continue to provide a platform for climate deniers and skeptics, more than 97% of the climate scientists agrees that climate change is happening and that the primary reason for the change is due to human activities. But our media does not understand the importance of this fact and continue to confuse the issue for their audience which means we are now decades delayed in dealing with this matter. Here's how the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication reported their findings of where the American public is on this issue.

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And then they provide this clarification of the public understanding on this issue compared to the climate scientists:

Scientific Agreement: While approximately 97% of publishing climate scientists agree that climate change is occurring and that it is caused primarily by human activities, this high level of scientific agreement is understood by only 44 percent of the Alarmed, 18 percent of the Concerned, 12 percent of the Cautious, and 5 percent or fewer of the Disengaged, Doubtful and Dismissive.

Because of the seriousness of this issue, it is frightening to know that even the most knowledgeable of the public do not understand how strong this scientific consensus is.

Mr. Harris of whom I wrote about here can provide his response to Media Matters (see link) at the Heartland Institute but he is going to have to a lot more to show why he should be believed when he says that human activity has only a small impact on the climate. After all, as documented in Naomi Oreskes and Erik Conway's Merchants of Doubt, the Heartland Institute is one of the think tanks funded by the polluters that has done such a con job on the American public. From a review of their book:

It is instructive to know who has funded these skeptics’ research. Over and over again, the names include Phillip Morris (on the tobacco issues), the right-wing Scaife, Olin, Adolph Coors Foundations, Exxon Mobil (which dispensed 8 million dollars to 40 different organizations to challenge the science on global warming), the Heritage Foundation, The American Enterprise Institute, The Heartland Institute, and the George Marshall Institute.

What particular expertise makes Mr Harris a better expert to believe than 97% of the publishing climate scientists? What peer reviewed studies has he published that provide even an ounce of the proof needed to back up his statements? And why did the NYTimes provide him a venue designed to mislead the public?

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